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Date: 07-28-2021

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United States of America v. Brittany Patterson

Case Number: 2:20-cr-00009-SSV-JVM

Judge: Sarah S. Vance

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Orleans Parish)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: New Orleans, Louisiana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with tax fraud.

Brittany Patterson, of Jefferson Parish, and others conspired to file false tax returns for clients of Pelicans Income Tax and Payroll Services, a return preparation business located in Kenner and Westwego, Louisiana. Patterson and others prepared client returns reporting false income and withholdings in order to generate larger tax refunds. Patterson also filed a return for herself that claimed a false dependent, after obtaining the dependent’s personal identifying information from a client without the client’s knowledge. In total, Patterson and her co-conspirators caused a tax loss to the IRS of more than $550,000.

Patterson faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. She also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

On Nov. 14, 2019, Patterson pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to defraud the United States for filing false returns for clients of another tax preparation business, Crown Tax Service LLC.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans for the Eastern District of Louisiana made the announcement.

IRS-Criminal Investigation is investigating the case.

Trial Attorneys Jessica Kraft and William Montague of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Carter Guice of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana are prosecuting the case.

18:371 CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES
(1)
26:7206(2) AIDING AND ASSISTING IN PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION OF A FALSE TAX RETURN
(11-15)
18:1343 WIRE FRAUD
(16-18)
18:1028A AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT
(19-21)

Outcome: 07/28/2021 110 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Sarah S. Vance: Rearraignment for Brittany Patterson (3) Count 1 held on 7/28/2021. Sentencing set for 1/5/2022 10:30 AM before Judge Sarah S. Vance. (Court Reporter Jodi Simcox.) (mm) (Entered: 07/28/2021)
07/28/2021 111 Factual Basis by USA as to Brittany Patterson (mm) (Entered: 07/28/2021)
07/28/2021 112 PLEA AGREEMENT by USA as to Brittany Patterson (mm) (Additional attachment(s) added on 7/28/2021: # 1 Sealed Attachment A) (mm). (Entered: 07/28/2021)
07/28/2021 113 NOTICE OF HEARING as to Brittany Patterson. Sentencing set for 1/5/2022 10:30 AM before Judge Sarah S. Vance. (mm) (Entered: 07/28/2021)

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